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Maharashtra Lifts All Covid Restrictions Amid Dip In Cases, Wearing Mask Not Mandatory

To recall, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope cautioned the people of the state to be alert and said that COVID-19 appropriate behaviour must be followed.

Updated: March 31, 2022 8:50 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Victor Dasgupta

Maharashtra Lifts All Covid Restrictions Amid Dip In Cases, Wearing Mask Not Mandatory
Mumbai Corona Restrictions

Mumbai: Owing to a dip in the covid cases, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government on Thursday decided to lift all the existing COVID19 restrictions from the state. However, wearing masks will be compulsory in all festivals. “From April 2nd, all Covid restrictions will be lifted in Maharashtra. No fine will be imposed for not wearing masks. We can’t say that Covid has been eradicated, I request that people wear masks. This will be a choice, it won’t be mandatory anymore,” Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope

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“Around 22 lakhs govt employees in age group of 40-50 years will be provided one mandatory checkup a year & two checkups for age group 50-60 yrs. Rs 5000 (upper limit) will be provided to each employee for the same, costing approx Rs 105 crores every year,” he added.

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To recall, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had earlier cautioned the people of the state to stay alert and said that COVID-19 appropriate behaviour must be followed. Till now we have seen the impact of the third wave, we can’t even think of removing the mask, he said.

“We will have to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour. There are relaxations given, it’s not as strict as earlier. But we will have to wear masks,” Tope said

Maharashtra Covid Tally:

Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 119 fresh cases of coronavirus and two new fatalities linked to the infection, while 138 more patients were discharged following recovery, the state health department said. With these additions, the state’s overall COVID-19 tally rose to 78,73,841, while the death toll increased to 1,47,782, the department said in a bulletin.

On Tuesday, the state had recorded 103 coronavirus cases, but no new death linked to the infection. The department said Mumbai recorded 38 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, but zero death.

It said 138 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative number of recoveries to 77,25,120 and leaving the state with 939 active cases. The coronavirus recovery rate in the state stood at 98.11 per cent, while the fatality rate was 1.87 per cent.

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